A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they'd only let it.
With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom-and the power of love.
YA author Maas (the Throne of Glass series) makes her adult debut with this electrifying series launch set on a planet plagued by conflict between oppressed humans and upper-class supernaturals. When a demon slaughters wolf-shifter Danika Fendir and her packmates, Danika's best friend, the half-human, half-Fae Bryce Quinlan, turns from carefree party girl to traumatized loner. Bryce's only comfort is knowing that Archangel Micah Domitus and the 33rd Imperial Legion have incarcerated the man who orchestrated the attack: a human with a vendetta against the wolves. But two years later a vampire with connections to Bryce dies the same way Danika did, suggesting the pack's true murderer remains at large. Desperate to discover the truth, Micah conscripts Bryce to dig into Danika's final days, and tasks Hunt Athalar, an indentured Malakim assassin doing penance for his part in a failed rebellion, with protecting her. Despite some murky worldbuilding that occasionally undercuts the intricate plot, Maas delivers a richly imagined tale spiced with snarky humor and smoldering romance between Bryce and Hunt. The villains tend to twirl their mustaches, but Bryce is a realistically flawed heroine with moxie and heart to spare. Maas's adult readers and fans of Charlaine Harris will devour this ambitious, emotionally charged contemporary fantasy.
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One of my favorite books
I love Sara J Mass and I don’t think she’s ever written a book I don’t like, but I loved this one!! Everything about it. Bryce is probably my favorite character from her books now. I never got bored with the plot, and the ending surprised me 100%. There was a bit of an info overload at the beginning but I’m very glad for it. It normally takes me awhile to get through the beginning of books because they’re slow to start, but this was not the case with HOEAB!! I can’t wait for the next book!!!
Always good but not her best
I love reading Maas, this book is really good but not her best. I felt like the language didn’t have to be quite so bad. I get what she was going for, but it felt excessive. As I read through the book I kept thinking “this book is ok but I wouldn’t read the second”, but then the last eighth of the book came alive and I couldn’t put it down. I love her ability to describe and grow characters, it always draws me in.
Thank god for Sarah J Maas
I’ve loved all the books Maas has written so far and couldn’t wait to read this one. I was not disappointed. I loved every second of it. She’s officially my favorite author and I can’t wait for the next book she writes.